Wouldn’t it be amazing if you didn’t have to go through so much stress and frustration just because you feel the need to learn something new?
It could be a new language you want to learn. An instrument you would love to improve on after dropping it as a child, or maybe a skill that could get you paid big time.
But then there is the issue of spending hours and even sleepless nights trying to perfect whatever it is you are trying to learn.
What is worse is that you after acquiring success during the trial the opposite might come out when the main deal shows up.
But as you know, we always have easy tips you can follow that would make your challenges much easier.
So let’s check out some amazing proven tips that would enable you to learn new things faster…
1. Exercise To Clear Your Head
So am guessing you are very much aware that exercising our bodies hold great advantages when it comes to physical fitness but did you know that= our brain reaps many benefits as well?
Exercising can be a great way to improve your ability to learn and process information faster. So if you ever find yourself pondering on that string or key you missed during guitar practice. Take a walk around, clear your head a bit.
You don’t have to get down and doing squats and pushups, just a little bit of movement is all you need. You don’t have to break a sweat.
A 2013 study found that exercise has immediate benefits on cognition in both younger and older adults — after a simple 15-minute exercise session, study participants showed an improvement in memory and cognitive processing.
2. Write Down What You Need To Remember
Now you might be thinking what good is it writing, some letters over and over again on a piece of paper. It might even pass itself out as stressful and lame but, this simple activity can work wonders for your memory recall.
I find this very amazing because it once worked for me and it still does. Now one thing I used to battle with was names. Tell me your name and the next time you approach me I will be like “Heyyy bro” I never address that person by name, why? I simply forgot.
I never even knew writing it consistently on a piece of paper would change that story around but eventually, I did. And as you can imagine, so long as I write you name at least 10 times I will never forget.
And I didn’t just stop at that, I began drawing music notes also during my spare time because they were so complex and they made my head hurt. Fast forward 2 months and I began sight-reading.
There is just something about the brain with its ability to capture information when placed in repetition.
Research has shown that listing out facts or problems improves the ability to memorize them instead of trying to passively learn them by re-reading.
Further, another study found that taking lecture notes by hand instead of typing them out on a computer helped students better recall the lesson content.
3. Do Yoga
Yoga doesn’t only increase body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation but also plays a huge part in the brain’s ability to function at an amazing rate.
It also Increases sharpens attention and concentration. Which are one of the most ideal things you need when learning to do something new?
I mentioned in my last article how taking a break can help your brain concentrate more in a demanding environment. Well, yoga is all about finding your inner peace. Which with no doubt help your brain process information at a quicker and much reliable rate.
Yoga is an easy way to improve your brain’s grey matter, which is involved in muscle control and sensory perceptions like speech, memory, decision-making, and seeing.
Research has shown that people who practice yoga show fewer cognitive failures. Amazingly, another 2012 study found that just 20 minutes of yoga boosted study participants’ brain functions, leading them to perform better on brain functioning tests both speed-wise and accuracy-wise.
4. Study Or Practice In The Afternoon
Even if you consider yourself a “morning” or “nighttime” person, at least one study has shown that buckling down and focusing on a task in the afternoon can have a greater effect on long-term memory training than other times of the day.
5. Relate New Things To What You Already Know
Don’t just be content with the information you have already. Rather take your time and dig deeper, exploring the foundation of whatever it is you know.
An example was when I was learning to play Mozart’s songs on the piano, I could have just limited my knowledge to is pieces but I dug deeper into his early life. This gave me more value to his songs and made me learn more. And with a rush of excitement.
According to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, a great brain-based technique for memory retention is to relate new information to what you already know.
6. Stay Away From Multitasking
In our technology-driven world, we often mindlessly pick up our smartphones to answer a text or check a social media feed while we’re in the middle of another task.
In some situations, the ability to multitask can prove handy, but when it comes to learning a new skill or memorizing information?
it’s best to focus on that one thing.
You’ll never get past your current stage if you can’t control the urge to pick up your phone when in the middle of a task.
A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance suggests that multitasking undermines our efficiency — particularly for complicated or unfamiliar tasks — since it takes extra time to shift mental gears each time individual shifts between multiple tasks.
7. Teach other People What You’ve Learned
Sharing your newly learned skills or knowledge is an efficient way to further solidify the new information in your brain. Which is why you should never be anxious or scared to teach someone something you know.
Even if you know a little, it won’t hurt to give a few lessons.
According to Loma Linda University. The process of translating the information into your own words helps your brain better understand it, and there are a number of innovative ways to break something down to teach it to others. It’s a win-win for everyone.
8. Take A Power Nap
Or we simply call it a study nap in this case. Our needs cherish a good chunk of rest when needed so it can process all the bits of information gathered during the day. And what better way can you do that than through a nice short nap.
Research shows that Short periods of sleep may help our brains work better, or so says a recent study on napping. Past studies have shown that napping can help babies and young children learn better.
And napping can help brain performance in older adults. Taking a nap may also help this group of people fight off age-related memory loss
9. Say Out Loud What You Want To Remember
This is another technic I went through when struggling with my ability to remember things or memorize them. Simply say it out loud whatever it is you wish to memorize and in repetition.
Another weird act I picked up was to say any random ridiculous word after sinking in whatever it is I wanted to memorize or remember. So for example, I would drop an object in a particular spot I would just yell anything, seriously.
One time I shouted Harry Potters Biscuits another time I love cheese. And believe me, I always remember the spot I dropped that key. Or any object in fact so long as I said the random magic word.
You should try it out also.
8. Bulid A Memory Palace
Now for the final blow. A strategy which the strongest minds in the world use when it comes down to memorization. I once saw a video of a guy who memorized the 100 numbers of pi.
All 100 numbers listed randomly. How did he do it? well, it all about giving whatever value, name or word a specific character or meaning that is significant to you.
So let’s say I was told to memorize the number: 734854132247895. That is number has no meaning to me at all. just typed it blindly but with a little technic you can easily memorize it all and without stress.
All you have to give each number a character or meaning that means something to you. It could be the age of a friend, your’s, align it to the alphabet, anyone works. It’s easy and I even used it to memorize plate numbers when I first found out about it.
You should explore with it also.
So what is the take away here? just because you aren’t able to remember something doesn’t mean you have to totally give up. All it takes is a little bit of determination, focus and of course practice.
And whatever it is you are trying to learn would be achieved in no time.